It's fair to say that Wang Zhimin (11-3, 3)* has failed to live up to the expectations some had for him when he turned professional a few years ago. He has shown touches of real talent, but rarely managed to really shine as we had all hoped, given his strong amateur background.
Today however Zhimin did put it all together in a dominant display against experienced Indonesian Hero Tito (27-14-2, 11)* in a bout that saw the Chinese fighter successfully defend the WBC Asian Boxing Council Lightweight title.
From the very early stages Zhimin applied pressure to Tito, let his punches go in bunches and troubled Tito in almost every round with his accurate combinations. Not only was he good offensively but Zhimin also defended himself well whilst cutting the distance with a strong guard that allowed him to back up the Indonesian visitor.
Whilst Zhimin was in charge credit goes to Tito for once again showing that he isn't one of those Indonesian fighters who travels to take a quick pain-free loss. Instead he stood in and tried to fire back at Zhimin, creating some distance to get his own shots off and try to fight back. He was rarely doing enough to win a round but was doing more than just surviving.
In the second half of the fight Zhimin slowed down, picking his shots a touch more and landed some very good body shots. Whilst this gave Tito some more chances to fire his own shots off it did lead to Zhimin becoming a touch more negative, as he almost seemed to accept he wasn't going to be able to close this show. This gave him a chance to to show a smarter side to his boxing, but he looked like he just got a tough too comfortable towards the end. There was however a few moments in round 10 when Zhimin did try and take Tito out, but was unable to finish off the gutsy Indonesian.
Whilst this was much better from Zhang, who always looked in control and was often the aggressor, his lack of power did leave the bout meandering to a decision the final few rounds, when the decision was in the bag for the talented local. At 32 he probably isn't going to improve too much, but with his style can certainly be in some pretty entertaining contests at the regional level, if matched properly.
For Tito his role as an international level journeyman is a clear one, and today he proved he was good enough to continue to pick up pay days and push prospects, though is unlikely to beat anyone with real talent.
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